What can medical educators learn from the Rio 2016 Olympic games?

H Church, D Murdoch-Eaton, R Patel, John Sandars

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Abstract

Medical Educators face an ongoing challenge in optimizing preparedness for practice for newly qualified doctors. Junior doctors have highlighted specific areas in which they do not feel adequately equipped to undertake their duties, including man-aging the acutely unwell patient. In these highly stressful, timecritical scenarios it might be assumed that a lack of knowledge underpins these feelings of apprehension from junior medics; however, having studied, trained and passed examinations to demonstrate such knowledge, perhaps other factors should be considered. The recent Olympic Games in Rio demonstrated the impact of sport psychology techniques in allowing athletes to achieve their optimum performance in the face of adversity. The use of mental and behavioral strategies to control feelings of anxiety and low selfefficacy are pivotal for athletes to deliver their best performance under extreme pressure. We consider whether such techniques could improve the preparedness of the newest recruits to the healthcare system, and the impact this could have on patient care. Finally, suggestions for potential research directions within this area are offered to stimulate interest amongst the research community.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMedical Teacher
Early online date28 Feb 2017
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Feb 2017

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